Welcome to this week’s Wednesday Wrap, where we feature interesting stories which you might not have seen in the news.
Extraordinary videos from Coptic Christians in Egypt
After the Palm Sunday bombings of two Coptic Orthodox churches in Egypt, in addition to the horrific images of death and destruction, we saw some beautiful images as well.
The first is a crowd of hundreds of men, possibly more, chanting the Nicene Creed in public, on the same day that the bombings occurred.
The next video was of Father Boules George, a priest from Cairo, delivering a homily on that evening. In it, he details what he would say to the killers. It’s definitely worth a watch.
Artist allows people to ‘use’ her for 6 hours
A story appeared online a couple of weeks ago, with the headline Artist Stood Motionless for 6 Hours to Let People Use Her for Whatever They Wanted. Interestingly, the article refers not to a recent event, but one which occurred back in 1974.
Rhythm 0 was a piece of performance art by controversial artist Marina Abramovic. People who came to the performance found her standing in the middle of a room, motionless. Beside her was a table with 72 objects which included a rose, feather, perfume, honey, bread, grapes, wine, scissors, a scalpel, nails, a metal bar, and a gun loaded with one bullet. The instructions told the group that the artist was ‘the object,’ and they could use the objects on her as desired.
Abramovic describes what happened in the video below.
I don’t know if the story was timed for Lent, and particularly Holy Week, when we see how a crowd can be proclaiming Jesus as Lord and then call for His blood days later. But what struck me was how human beings still, when surrounded by a crowd thatdoes not hold them to account, can so easily dehumanise a person in a way which allows them to inflict such great violence on another. What also struck me was how – at the end of the performance – they could not even bear to look at Abramovic, because she reminded them of what they had done.
Fairytales the new frontier in manipulating children
You would have seen the reports that Disney’s live action version of Beauty and the Beast was directed in a way which seemed to show minor character, LeFou, as gay. It wasn’t accidental. The director called it a “nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie” and it came after then- US President Barack Obama summoned toymakers including Disney and Mattel to the White House to discuss the dangers of gender-specific play.
And now it seems that children’s fairytales are the latest frontier. Instead of inserting homosexual characters into the classic stories as Disney did, Victoria’s Andrews government is bringing in classroom activities which would encourage children to be “fairytale detectives,” encouraging them to critically assess stories for gender norms.
The victim in all of this – apart from precious class time – is the children, who are no longer being permitted to enjoy their innocence but are being co-opted into ideological wars before they can even spell ‘ideological.’
Monica Doumit, catholicTalk contributor